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Paul George, Patrick Beverley will play Thursday vs. Kings [UPDATE]

Clippers get two starters back, but Kawhi has started the first quarter in the locker room for some reason and will not play with back tightness.

LA Clippers forward Paul George practices before their game against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena.  Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Leonard has been ruled out in the third quarter of Friday’s game vs. the Kings.

UPDATE: George and Beverley are both playing and starting Thursday, but Kawhi Leonard is not on the bench and is apparently questionable to play due to back tightness.

Los Angeles Clippers SF/PF Paul George and PG Patrick Beverley are both probable to return Thursday vs. the Sacramento Kings. George has missed the past nine games due to a hamstring injury, while Beverley has been dealing with a groin issue.

Fantasy basketball analysis: Los Angeles Clippers SF/PF Paul George

It appears both PG-13 and Beverley are going to be back, so that means Patrick Patterson and Moe Harkless should go back to the bench. We could see Landry Shamet get replaced by Pat Bev with Harkless, PG, Kawhi Leonard and Ivica Zubac starting. It’s obviously a big boost for the Clippers, who have obviously been able to maintain their winning pace without both players, but could use the help on defense. This makes the matchup for the Kings even tougher — particularly for guards De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield. I think so long as George isn’t under some minutes limit, he’s fine to use in DFS and season-long. Pat Bev isn’t as valuable in DFS and isn’t more than a UTIL option in most season-long leagues.